The ERA undertakes inquiries referred to it by the State Government of Western Australia. The aim of these inquiries is to provide independent advice to Government on a specific issue or set of issues.
An inquiry is initiated when a 'reference' is sent by the Treasurer to the ERA. The terms of reference describe what the inquiry will cover the scope of the inquiry, the reporting date and whether a public consultation period will be held.
Once complete, our final report is forwarded to the Treasurer and awaits release by Parliament. The final report must be tabled within 25 sitting days of the Treasurer receiving the final report. The Western Australian Government makes the final decision on the recommendations proposed in the ERA’s reports.
Current inquiry into business licensing reform in Western Australia
There are 700 state government licensing schemes covering business and occupational licences, registrations, permits, approvals and other similar requirements in Western Australia. Business and occupational licences are those needed to start a business, operate a business or work in a regulated occupation. We have been asked to identify opportunities to improve licensing arrangements generally, and priority areas for reform and develop an analytical framework and guideline that State Government agencies can use to assess whether licences are needed, well designed, and efficiently administered.